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GIFT Cloud Scheduled Downtime for Maintainence

Added by Hoffman, Michael 10 months ago

Tomorrow, February 10th at 0800 eastern time, Cloud GIFT will be migrating to a new server hosting provider. This migration is expected to take all day, during which the service will be unavailable. The website, forums, downloads, and other GIFT services will be available during this time. All of your content will be migrated. The new server will provide increased reliability.

5th Annual GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym5) Call for Papers

Added by Sottilare, Robert about 1 year ago

GIFTSym5 will be conducted 10-11 May 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida Partnership III Building (3039 Technology Parkway, Room 321 A&B, Orlando, FL 32826).

Please make plans to write a paper to share your experiences with GIFT and present it in Orlando.

Scope and Topics of Interest:
The aim of this symposium is to bring together members of the GIFT User community for an in-depth exploration of tools, methods, and standards for Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) as part of the research and development of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratory. GIFT is a free, modular, service-oriented architecture whose goal is to make automated authoring, automated instruction, and effect analysis easy and cost-effective. GIFT has three primary objectives:

(1) reduce the skill and time needed to author ITSs
(2) provide an automated instructional capability based upon best tutoring principles, strategies, and tactics for use in ITSs;
(3) enable experimentation to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of ITS components, tools, and methods.

The program committee invites GIFT practitioners and ITS scientists to submit papers highlighting their use of GIFT and recommendations for design enhancements in the following areas: authoring, learner and team modeling, instructional management, and evaluation of learning, retention and transfer effects. Additional topics of interest include: team tutoring strategies, multi-agent architectures for GIFT, and competency modeling/ long term learner modeling.

Submission instructions:
Paper submissions should be 8-10 pages (10 page maximum) in APA format and submitted through Easy Chair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=giftsym5. Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted and a MS Word template is attached to this announcement to facilitate formatting of your paper. All submissions should be in English. Address any questions to .

Attendance instructions:
Just like GIFT, GIFTSym5 is free to participants. However, space will be limited so please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting: Kat Amaya at to reserve a space. Parking is available near the Partnership III building. Information on local hotels will be provided later.

Important Dates

GIFTSym5 abstract submissions via EasyChair............................................................ 2016-12-16 - 2017-01-13
Authors notified of abstract acceptance................................................................ 2017-01-20 - 2017-01-20
GIFTSym5 paper submissions via EasyChair............................................................... 2017-01-21 - 2017-03-17
Authors notified of paper acceptance................................................................... 2017-03-24 - 2017-03-24
Camera-ready paper submissions (comments addressed and in final format)................................ 2017-03-25 - 2017-04-14
GIFTSym5 presentations (ppt or pptx format) emailed to Dr. Sottilare (). 2017-05-01
GIFTSym5 - Orlando, Florida............................................................................ 2017-05-10 - 2017-05-11

GIFT 2016-1 Cloud Available: https://cloud.gifttutoring.org

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

GIFT 2016-1 Cloud with new authoring experience is now available for immediate use at https://cloud.gifttutoring.org .

Just like the Local version, the GIFT Cloud (Virtual Open Campus) showcases the new user experience and features which allow you to:
- Develop GIFT Courses more intuitively with a drag-and-drop interface
- Create survey content more efficiently with a redesigned survey authoring system
- Personalize content for learners with branching courseflow via automatic branching and automatically generated quiz/assessment/remediation
- Create branching conversational agents with a new dialogue authoring tool
- Author GIFT content rapidly, directly alongside external training environments with the all new GIFT Wrap tool
- Create and deliver adaptive courses within a web-browser, no computer programming necessary!

GIFT 2016-1 with New Authoring Experience Now Available

Added by Hoffman, Michael over 1 year ago

GIFT 2016-1 is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at http://gifttutoring.org

Download GIFT 2016-1 directly here: https://gifttutoring.org/projects/gift/files

Free GIFT Account registration required to download GIFT; GIFT is available at no cost

The new user experience and features allow you to:

- Develop GIFT Courses more intuitively with a drag-and-drop interface
- Create survey content more efficiently with a redesigned survey authoring system
- Personalize content for learners with branching courseflow via automatic branching and automatically generated quiz/assessment/remediation
- Create branching conversational agents with a new dialogue authoring tool
- Author GIFT content rapidly, directly alongside external training environments with the all new GIFT Wrap tool
- Create and deliver adaptive courses within a web-browser, no computer programming necessary!
- and more...

Volume 4 - Domain Modeling is available now!

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The fourth book in the adaptive tutoring series, "Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 4 - Domain" is now available under the documents tab.

Volume 4 is now available free in pdf format. This book is a collaboration between ARL, the University of Memphis, and scores of government, industry, and academic partners to provide a ready reference for researchers and ITS developers. Download it now at https://gifttutoring.org/projects/gift/documents

Important Update to GIFT Cloud

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The GIFT team has some exciting news to share with you, the community. Last year, we launched the alpha version of GIFT Cloud, a web-based version of GIFT that provided greater accessibility to our platform by eliminating the need to download the GIFT software. Soon, after Thursday, June 30th, 2016, we will be providing a significant update to GIFT Cloud that will improve the efficiency and usability of tutor authoring. Most notably, the upcoming update will include the following:

- A completely redesigned visual course authoring interface
- An enhanced survey authoring system, integrated directly into the course authoring UI
- A cleaner look for the authoring workspace, overall

Looking ahead, this update will also provide a foundation to more quickly address your comments and feedback with improvements to both the authoring and research experiences within GIFT Cloud.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Because of the magnitude of this update, all courses and experiments will need to be removed from GIFT Cloud. Any content that you have created within GIFT Cloud should be exported to your local computer before Thursday, June 30th, 2016. This includes:

- Courses you have created
- Experiments you have created using the "My Experiments" interface
- Experimental data collected using the "My Experiments" interface

Please contact us if you require any assistance in exporting your existing courses. You will be able to import your courses into GIFT Cloud once the update has been completed. We appreciate your understanding as we deliver these important updates. The GIFT team remains committed to providing a positive experience for our research community and course creators.

GIFTSym 4 Cancelled

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

It is with deep regret that we must cancel the face-to-face meeting known as the GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym) this year. Recent changes in Army policy have classified GIFTSym as a conference and with little time to shepherd the conference approval package through the process (normally 6 months for approval), we will not meet the timeline to meet face to face in Princeton in May.

However, we plan to continue the paper review process and select papers for publication in the GIFTSym Proceedings, but these papers will not be presented face-to-face.

I apologize for inconvenience and hope that you understand that these are circumstances beyond our control. We are already developing the conference package for next year's GIFTSym and do not anticipate any additional problems moving forward. We thank you for your patience and your support of GIFT.

Regards,

Bob Sottilare
GIFTSym Chair

(11-20/66)

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